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Trial lawyers whip Rauner, 1260-2 -- in words, that is

Ed Murnane Feb. 19, 2015, 8:37am

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Is today beginning of new 'tort reform' movement in Illinois?

Ed Murnane Jan. 12, 2015, 2:56pm

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The ICJL Judicial Selection Proposal

Ed Murnane Mar. 12, 2014, 7:57am

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It’s Time To Change Judicial Selection Process

Ed Murnane Dec. 19, 2013, 1:23pm

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St. Clair County Judicial Drug Scandal Forces Questions, Again

Ed Murnane May 28, 2013, 8:58am

Why do we elect partisan judges in Illinois?

Judicial candidate selection system, needs significant reform

Ed Murnane Feb. 7, 2013, 4:56am

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Yes For McGlynn, and Yes In Madison County

Ed Murnane Oct. 18, 2012, 4:20am

Much confusion will bombard Madison County voters over the next few weeks as claims are made about the judicial system. And voting on judges is as important as ever. Trial lawyers are again contributing big bucks into the local Democratic Party. Tea Party leaders are urging voters to Vote No on judges.

A better way to elect state court judges

Ed Murnane May 26, 2012, 5:59am

Murnane A recent New York Times editorial offered advice to neighboring Michigan on the best way to assure fair election of state court judges.

Spotlight On Madison County Could Impact 2012 Judicial Elections

Ed Murnane Feb. 2, 2012, 11:15am

Murnane Judge Barbara Crowder and three of her colleagues on the Madison County bench will be judged by voters in the state's eighth largest county in November when they submit themselves to voter approval in the Illinois General Election.

More Than 170 Illinois Judicial Contests Likely In 2012

Ed Murnane Oct. 6, 2011, 5:48am

Murnane As many as 175 judicial election contests -- including two Supreme Court races -- could be on the Illinois General Election ballot in November 2012.

ICJL President: Bogus Arguments, Bogus Documentary

Ed Murnane Jun. 30, 2011, 10:00am

Murnane Sometimes you don't need to see a movie to know it is bogus.

Let's hope atrazine lawsuits go away faster than asbestos

Ed Murnane Apr. 18, 2010, 5:37am

While the Madison County asbestos meter continues to spin like some kind of hyper-active Las Vegas slot machine, there is a chance another one of the trial lawyer "get richer quicker" schemes from the "A" file may be handed a "get out of our court" card, which is similar to a "get out of jail free" card from Monopoly but much more significant.

Right Decision, Wrong Author

Ed Murnane Jun. 28, 2009, 7:28am

It is not unusual for justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to serve into their 80s. Appointment to the Court by the President of the United States is a life-time appointment and it is assumed -- and hoped -- that a justice will decide when it's time to step down.

An Illinois solution: Non-partisan elections

Ed Murnane Jun. 14, 2009, 5:34am

Murnane The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co. is certain to re-kindle talk of the 2004 Illinois Supreme Court election in which Justice Lloyd Karmeier defeated former Appellate Justice Gordon Maag in the Fifth Illinois District in Southern Illinois.

Reform Illinois: Here's one first � and popular � step

Ed Murnane May 24, 2009, 1:44am

Here's the surest and fastest way for the State of Illinois to enact a sweeping reform that will attract positive national attention, eliminate some of the millions of dollars that are spent on campaigns by "special interests," and will do what more than 65% of the voters in all corners of Illinois would like to see happen.

If taxpayers finance judicial campaigns, let's remove political parties

Ed Murnane Apr. 5, 2009, 2:49am

At long last, one of the spotlights in Springfield has been shining on the issue of judicial selection – specifically how we select judges in Illinois and finance their campaigns.

This story stinks - but it has nothing to do with Illinois politics

Ed Murnane Feb. 22, 2009, 6:53am

Murnane A lot of the news out of Illinois recently – as recently as this week, in fact – stinks.

State's plaintiffs' lawyers must have better job forecast for Illinois

Ed Murnane Feb. 15, 2009, 1:50am

The Illinois State Bar Association and its close ally, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, must have secret job forecasts for Illinois that are much rosier than the gloomy predictions almost universally accepted by economists and state and local governments.

OK, Illinoisans: We've had our moments/hours in the spotlight

Ed Murnane Feb. 1, 2009, 2:21am

I was born in Chicago and I have been a legal resident of Illinois for 94% of my life -- only a stint in Washington interrupted. I love the city and the state.

Illinois: Hellhole, cesspool, laughing stock

Ed Murnane Jan. 18, 2009, 2:28am

We all live here so we've become somewhat immune to our circumstances. The fact that practically every evening's network newscast begins with an Illinois story is routine. Our local newscasts -- from WSIL in Southern Illinois to WLS in Chicago -- can get five or six minutes into the news before something other than political scandal becomes a topic.